eBulletin Edition 020

Demember 2015

Welcome to the December 2015 edition of the Tameside Safeguarding Children Board E.Bulletin.

This edition provides information about new procedures and processes that all practitioners working with children or their parents/carers need to be aware of. They link to the learning and recommendations from Serious Case Reviews and to new statutory requirements. The E-Bulletin includes;

  • Child in Need Procedure
  • Step-up and Step Down Processes
  • Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) Resources
  • The Prevent Duty
  • Learning and Improvement Update
  • TSCB Recruitment
  • Barnardos Resources
  • Phoenix on Twitter
  • Changes to TSCB Training
  • Printing from the website

Child in Need Procedure

Children in Need are defined under the Children’s Act as those unlikely to reach or maintain a satisfactory level of health or development, or that their health will be significantly impaired without the provision of services. The new Child in Need procedure can be found on our website.

Tameside Safeguarding Children Board undertook a review of the Children in Need procedures to ensure that information is gathered from all relevant agencies. All information is then shared at Child in Need meetings so that multi-agency analysis of risk and protective factors is an integral part of the planning and review process.

Step-up and Step-Down Process

The Step-up and Step-down process centres on the movement of cases between Children’s Social Care and the Early Help services. It is a pivotal part of the Threshold Guidance because it details how cases move up and down the different levels of need. The TSCB website now contains downloadable flow charts which walk through these processes.

Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) Resources

A new mandatory reporting duty for FGM was introduced on the 31 October 2015 via the Serious Crime Act 2015. The duty requires regulated health and social care professionals and teachers in England and Wales to report known cases of FGM in under 18-year-olds to the police.

The Greater Manchester FGM Prevalence Report identified Tameside as an area with an increasing risk around FGM. The FGM section of the TSCB website has now been updated; here you will find information and guidance on the issue of FGM and how to report concerns. Specific guidance has been issued for health workers, as well as further guidance for professionals working with children who may have concerns. The linked guidance provides in depth information on the signs which may give cause for concern as well how to report concerns.

Prevent duty

Section 26 of the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015 applies to a wide range of public bodies. It requires them to have “due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism”. This duty is known as the Prevent duty.

TSCB has rolled out Prevent training to staff from Education settings. The sessions were attended by around 90% of schools, and a mop-up session will be scheduled for those still awaiting training. Prevent awareness is now a statutory requirement for all schools, and the training is designed to equip education professionals with skills to confidently identify and report concerns. Multi-agency staff can book onto the Prevent awareness training via the online booking system.

Learning and Improvement Update

The Learning and Improvement Activity Group met on the 6th November to focus on developing resources for practitioners to use with children and young people that have disabilities. Despite being only the 2nd meeting of its kind the group has produced a Top 10 Tips for working with Children with disabilities and special educational needs, and also agreed that the ISCAN ‘Passport’ was useful resource which should be available for professionals to use. The tips and the passport are now available on the Learning and Improvement webpage where a new children with disabilities section has been created.

TSCB wants to design many more resources through the Learning and Improvement Activity Group but can only do it with the support of practitioners like you. If you would like to be involved please speak to your representative.

TSCB Recruitment

TSCB has a variety of voluntary positions available and would welcome expressions of interest from professionals, community members and young people. These are fantastic opportunities for both personal and professional development that can also help to support career progression.

Training Pool

TSCB are currently recruiting to their training pool, and need professionals that would be able to facilitate or deliver courses. TSCB deliver more than 20 safeguarding courses and needs expertise from lots of different professional backgrounds. Trainers are required to commit 4 days training a year and in return will be fully trained and supported. If you are interested, please get in touch with the Training Organiser, Lynn Ready. We will send you a role description and discuss in more detail how you can benefit from joining the pool.

TSCB training in Tameside is a valued resource, the main benefit being that courses are facilitated by staff members from a variety of partner agencies. It is vital that this is maintained so that TSCB training retains its strong multi-agency focus, giving a holistic overview of safeguarding concerns and how they are relevant for professionals in different work settings. All courses are developed by the facilitators, allowing them to have ownership of the content and delivery.

Lay Member

TSCB has an open vacancy for a lay member to support, scrutinise and challenge statutory partners. Applications are welcome from Tameside residents who have experience in; child safety/protection, early years & child development, youth and community engagement and/or early intervention & prevention. We are looking for an individual who will act as independent, yet informed observer. Whilst it is not possible for the Lay members to represent all the communities of Tameside, we want you to bring a community perspective to the work that we do.

Our Lay Members operate as full members of the Board as well as participating in sub-groups where appropriate. Appointments will be for 3 years, and subject to annual review. We require a commitment of at least ten days per year. The successful candidate will receive an induction, regular supervision and will be free to access TSCB training.

Youth Forum/Youth Engagement

The Voice of the Child is central to all services working with children and young people. The TSCB Youth Forum continues to meet on a monthly basis to discuss safeguarding issues, the work of the Board and partners, and how to involve more young people in safeguarding. The main aim of the forum is to ensure that Young People have their voices heard and that their recommendations are acted on. A Youth Forum section is currently under construction on the website, so please look out for it! In the meantime, please contact the TSCB office if you would like more information on the youth forum. Spread the word; if you are currently working with any young people who you think would like to get involved, please encourage them. Furthermore, if you have any projects, initiatives, documents, posters, leaflets or anything else that you would like to consult with the group on, please get in touch.

Resources available to borrow

Resource packs are available on loan from the TSCB office; these include Barnardos resources for Year 6 and Barnardos secondary resources for Key Stage 3, as well as the ‘My Dangerous Lover Boy’ pack for Key Stage 4. Please telephone the TSCB office for more information and if you would like to borrow a resource.

Phoenix is on Twitter!

The Tameside Phoenix Team are now on twitter; their account provides updates on the excellent work they are doing, both supporting victims and raising awareness of CSE, as well as information, advice, links and retweets to helpful support resources. Check out their feed @PhoenixTameside.

Changes to TSCB Training

Training Charges

TSCB member agencies pay an annual contribution to the Board which covers the cost of attending training. Non-member agencies will now be required to pay for training however rates are extremely competitive. Any training cancellations must be made at least 5 working days prior to the course; failure to cancel in the correct time frame or non-attendance at training will result in a charge for both members and non-members. Full details can be found in the Training Charging Policy.

Printing Training Materials

As of this month, all course materials will be sent to participants in advance of the course they are attending. This is to ensure that we can continue to provide training in the current costing structure, without the added expense of printing. We request that participants either print off their own copies or bring an electronic version (e.g. on a tablet) since no copies will be provided on the day.

Printing Information from the TSCB Website

The TSCB website contains a number of resources for your use and reference. A new feature has been added to the website which allows you to print text directly off the web pages. Simply right click over the content and click print, and the information will print in a readable document.